Crisci Associates, Dec. 5, 2016 Issue #649
(12/5/2016)
* Legislative Session Formally Ends, New 2017-18 Session Begins, Swearing In January 3

At midnight November 30, the 2015-16 legislative session formally ended and all legislation not on the Governor’s desk for action died; most will be reintroduced next year.

* House Subcommittee On Courts Does Not Recommend Kathleen Kane's Impeachment

The House Subcommittee On Courts Thursday released a 5-page report by the four Republican members of the Subcommittee making recommendations on how to prevent actions in the future like those that happened to deter and, in some cases, prevent staff members from the Office of the Attorney General from fulfilling their duties under convicted Attorney General Kathleen Kane.

* November State Revenue $79.7 Million Below Estimates, $261.8M Below For Fiscal Year

The Department of Revenue Thursday reported Pennsylvania collected $2 billion in General Fund revenue in November, which was $79.5 million, or 3.8 percent, less than anticipated.

* PA Slot Machine Revenue Down 4 Percent In November Over 2015

The PA Gaming Control Board Friday reported November gross revenue from slot machines at the 12 casinos was $179,399,604, a 4 percent decrease in revenue when compared to the $187,540,869 generated in November 2015.

* AP: Trump’s Lead In Pennsylvania Shrinks By 22,000 Votes, Philadelphia Isn’t Done

The Associated Press reported late Friday President-elect Donald Trump’s margin of victory in Pennsylvania shrank 22,000 votes-- from just over 71,000 to 49,000 or a 0.08 percent lead.  That’s just shy of the 0.05 percent automatic statewide recount trigger.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state this week on political topics of interest.

* Session Schedule/Governor's Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* House Select Committee Releases Report On Technical Education, Career Readiness

House Select Subcommittee on Technical Education and Career Readiness Co-Chairs Seth Grove (R-York) and Pat Harkins (D-Erie) Wednesday released the final report on career and technical education (CTE) as required by House Resolution 102 (Saylor-R-York).

* PA District Attorneys Recommend Guidelines For Police Shooting Investigations

The PA District Attorneys Association Tuesday recommended that officer-involved shootings should be investigated by an independent agency and that the local District Attorney should provide the public with a written report following the completion of the investigation.

* Gov. Wolf Reminds Pennsylvanians Of New Criminal Record Sealing Law

Gov. Tom Wolf Monday reminded Pennsylvanians that Act 5 of 2016 is now in effect which expands criminal record sealing for many low-level misdemeanors in Pennsylvania to reduce recidivism, relieve the pardon system, and provide ex-offenders greater opportunity to join the workforce.

* Pennsylvania Improves Ranking In State Workers’ Compensation Insurance Costs

Gov. Tom Wolf Wednesday announced a national study shows Pennsylvania has improved its standing among states under his administration in workers' compensation insurance costs.

* Gov. Wolf Launches The PA Long-Term Care Council

On behalf of Gov. Tom Wolf, the Department of Aging Tuesday announced appointments to the PA Long-Term Care Council, a 35-member body charged with making recommendations on regulations, licensure, financing or any other responsibilities of the departments and agencies that relate to the Commonwealth's long-term services and supports system.

* PA Bulletin: Philadelphia Parking Authority Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Medallions Sale

The Philadelphia Parking Authority published notice in the December 3 PA Bulletin of the scheduled sale of wheelchair accessible taxicab medallions on December 7.

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